As Elon Musk has made superchargers free for people fleeing the Ukraine in electric vehicles, he has been asked to “turn off” Tesla cars in Russia. Following Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, the entrepreneur received countless requests from his followers to shut down his company’s electric vehicles in the country.
According to the Kremlin’s own account on the social media platform, Mr Musk is just one of the 22 accounts that he follows on Twitter. Musk has been providing Ukrainians with internet access through the Starlink satellites since Russia launched a “special military operation” on Ukraine.
Also Tesla recently announced that both Tesla and non-Tesla electric vehicles can use the Tesla charging stations free of charge in Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary in order to evacuate the Ukrainian refugees from the borders.
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The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates that 660,000 people have fled the fighting in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion. With more than 30,000 electric cars on Ukraine’s roads, many evacuees were able to charge their cars at Tesla charging stations for free and escape the war zone.
@elonmusk could you turn off every single tesla in Russia?
— meinschatzi.loopring.eth (@bschatz83) February 27, 2022
Despite not having responded to these requests, Elon Musk has already asserted that he will not block Russian media because he is an absolutist in terms of free speech.